Jan 6 - Jun 14

Jan 6: John Preus: Adaptation

A site-specific installation at

Harris School of Public Policy

Keller Center

1307 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

In 2013, the city of Chicago shuttered 49 elementary schools. Through a set of coincidences, artist John Preus (UChicago MFA ’05) gained access to the furniture that was bound for the landfill as the schools were being cleared out.

Preus has been using wobbly chairs, marked-up desks, gum-laden bookshelves and other material for his own artistic and functional work ever since. He has also stewarded a warehouse of furniture and invited other artists and designers to respond to the material for exhibitions across the city.

For Adaptation, Preus builds on this past work and a residency at the Smart Museum of Art in order to create a functional, site-specific installation made from school furniture at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. The installation takes the form of a stage or platform that will be activated by the staff, students, policy-makers and faculty at Harris in collaboration with community members, artists, architects, educators, and others.

The furniture components used to construct the installation were reclaimed during the Smart Museum’s summer teen program, a partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority. As part of the six-week program young people deconstructed a cache of furniture, unlocking new potential for it to be applied in a number of different ways. These reclamation workshops took place at the site of the Museum’s long-time partner Sweet Water Foundation.

Set within one of the country’s top-ranked public policy schools and near communities directly impacted by the school closures, Adaptation provides a platform for conversations around social impact, collective loss, appropriation, public trauma, public education, and the future of the public realm in general.

Starts: January 6, 2020
Ends: June 14, 2020
Time: All Day

See: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/john-preus-adaptation/

Jan 6 - Apr 24

Exhibit--Expanding Sources: Recent Additions to Special Collections

As academic fields expand and diversify, Special Collections is building collections to support these new directions. Researchers are drawing on original materials in many areas including race and gender, cinema and media, graphic design, arts practice, and cross-cultural global studies. This exhibition displays recent acquisitions with research potential for a range of disciplines. The materials represent many formats, including children’s books, family letters, journals, fine book design, posters, research notes, clothing, board games, and printed ephemera.

The newly acquired materials on display will support a wide array of studies: A medieval breviary prayer book bound in a flapped parchment case. The Library’s earliest Russian translation of Homer, published in 1776-1778. An engaging board game from the 1960s promoting careers for young girls. A selection of colorful Chicago jazz posters from concerts, festivals, and performances by individual artists. Two books from the turn of the 20th century promoting the sport of golf for women. A group of imaginatively designed books about dinosaurs for children. The wedding dress worn by Eva Overton, wife of Dr. Julian H. Lewis and daughter of Anthony Overton, founder of the leading African American newspaper, the Chicago Bee. Booklets on Chicago housing and neighborhood integration. Publications documenting experiences of the LGBTQ community. A leather-bound copy of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene with an Arts and Crafts-style design by Ethel Taunton. An early 20th–century album with photographs of immigrant residents of Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. A collection of pamphlets, buttons, and posters from socialist and progressive causes and local political campaigns. Research papers on sickle cell anemia and malaria by Dr. James Bowman, the first tenured African American professor in the University of Chicago's Biological Sciences Division.

Starts: January 6, 2020
Ends: April 24, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Jan 10 - Mar 13

Edo: Memories Museum

About the Exhibition

This collection of images is the gradual trajectory of Edo’s art style, Infinite Inception Art. Edo chose 20 of his favorite pieces from each collection from his first showcase in 2015 through 2019, each holding a very memorable moment in his heart, mind, and spirit. As you go on this journey, offer yourself to these pieces. You’ll come to find that the memories embedded in each of these pieces also remind you of moments you have experienced in your life, which ultimately connects you with the Edo and to each other. Don’t expect to capture everything within a single viewing, rather, every viewing reveals something new, something different, something infinite. Curated by Edo and Leigh Fagin.

About Edo

Edo, born Eddie Santana White, is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, fashion, graphic, industrial designer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. The Edo brand is known as Infinite Inception. Influenced by notable artists like Kanye West and Kid Cudi, Edo describes his work as imaginative and futuristic, following in the Afrofuturism canon. Edo began his career as a designer working with leading urban clothing brands, including Leaders 1354, Joe Fresh Goods, Treated Crew and Fat Tiger, and heoversees a clothing line called Emperion and is the co-founder of the graphics design andscreen-printing company [blankcanvas]. He is currently expanding the Bronzeville space he co-ownscalled Escape Studios Chicago, and recently showed his newest series of paintings at Spectrum Gallery as part of Art Miami/Art Basel.

Starts: January 9, 2020
Ends: March 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Jan 25 - Mar 9

Harold Mendez: The years now

Los Angeles–based artist Harold Mendez brings together objects, images, and sounds—all with their own multiple and layered histories—culled from sites across the Americas and spanning from pre-Columbian times to the present. Transformed and reconfigured into poetic assemblages, they evoke the body’s connections to histories of violence and erasure on the one hand and renewal and remembrance on the other.

Mendez’s exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery, The years now, presents a suite of new sculptures and premieres a new sound installation featuring a found recording in which a speaker contemplates a crisis of identity. Moving around the gallery and seemingly emanating from various objects, the peripatetic voice is anchored by a central fiberglass grid scattered with white carnation petals, which are continuously replenished throughout the run of the exhibition. Also included in the presentation is a 3D-printed object—modeled after a pre-Columbian pot from the Field Museum in Chicago. Collected from the Moche Valley in Peru, objects such as this served both a decorative and commemorative function, often accompanying a body into the afterlife. Here, Mendez uses contemporary imaging technology to reimagine the artifact, animating it with sound.

The years now presents a landscape in which ritual and memorial materials function as signifiers for the human body. Skillfully and thoughtfully arranged in new constellations, the elements come together to render a conception of self that is deeply connected to divergent and intersecting histories, reflecting on the way the past continues to haunt the present.

Harold Mendez: The years now is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and curated by Katja Rivera, Assistant Curator, with Alyssa Brubaker, Exhibitions Manager. This exhibition is made possible by support from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center.

Starts: January 24, 2020
Ends: March 8, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Feb 5 - Feb 26

Feb 5: Snow City Arts Exhibition

Snow City Arts, in partnership with The Weston Game Lab and the Hack Arts Lab, presents an exhibition of selected artwork produced through their programs.

Snow City Arts Teaching Artists utilize media and technology to both make artmaking accessible to students in the hospital room and to create space for inquiry and experimentation. Whether it’s visual arts, music, or filmmaking, each of our discipline areas incorporate new ways of using material and media. The Snow City Arts student work showcased in this exhibit exemplifies the mission of the MADD Center at The University of Chicago.

Opening Reception: February 5, 5- 7 PM

Open House: February 15, 1 - 3 PM

Exhibition and events will take place at:

MADD Center

John Crerar Library, first floor

5730 S. Ellis Ave

Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 8 AM - 12 AM; Friday - Saturday 8 AM - 10 PM

Starts: February 5, 2020
Ends: February 26, 2020
Time: All Day

Feb 6 - Feb 29

SSA Disability Justice Mixer

Join the SSA Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee for the first SSA Disability Justice Mixer. For more information contact SSA Dean of Students at dos@ssa.uchicago.edu

Starts: February 6, 2020
Ends: February 28, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Feb 7 - May 3

Feb 7: The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Since the 1980s, artists working in China have experimented with various materials, transforming seemingly everyday objects into large-scale artworks. These artists have exploded fireworks into paintings, felted hair into gleaming flags, stretched pantyhose into monochromatic artworks, deconstructed old doors and windows to make sculptures, and even skillfully molded porcelain into gleaming black flames.

Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. For the first time, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works in which conscious material choice has become a means of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history.

In Chicago, the exhibition is divided into two unique halves, taking up the entire footprints of the Smart Museum of Art on the South Side and Wrightwood 659 on the North Side. To fully experience the exhibition, guests are encouraged to visit both locations.


Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chen Zhen, Gu Dexin, gu wenda, He Xiangyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Huang Yong Ping, Jin Shan, Liang Shaoji, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Ma Qiusha, Shi Hui, Song Dong, Sui Jianguo, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Wang Jin, Xu Bing, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhan Wang, Zhang Huan, Zhang Yu, and Zhu Jinshi.


In Chicago, the exhibition is co-presented at the Smart Museum and Wrightwood 659.


The Allure of Matter is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art with Wrightwood 659 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

The exhibition is curated by Wu Hung, Smart Museum Adjunct Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, with Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art.

The Smart Museum’s presentation of The Allure of Matter is made possible by support from Alphawood Foundation Chicago.

Support for the exhibition and its catalogue has been provided by principal sponsors the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and by Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark. Additional support has been provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and the Museum’s SmartPartners.

The national tour of this exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Starts: February 7, 2020
Ends: May 3, 2020
Time: All Day

See: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/the-allure-of-matter-material-art-from-china/

Feb 19

Comfort Women Screening


5:45 pm - Reception with light refreshments

6:30 pm – Film Screening of Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

8:30 pm – Q&A with director, Miki Dezuki

Miki Dezaki, a Youtuber who was threatened and harassed by Japan`s notorious netouyo (cyber neo-nationalists) for his video on racism in Japan, is not shying away from controversial topics with his debut feature length documentary on the comfort women issue. The film, titled Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue, dives deep into the most contentious dispute between Japan and Korea, and finds answers to hotly debated questions, such as: Were the comfort women “sexual slaves” or prostitutes? Were they coercively recruited? Were there really 200,000 comfort women? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize? Dezaki interweaves footage from demonstrations, man-on-the-street interviews, news and archival clips with in-depth interviews with prominent scholars and influencers from both sides of the debate. Shusenjo reveals surprising confessions and revelations that uncover hidden intentions of both supporters and detractors while deconstructing dominant narratives.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies with generous support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 AM

Feb 19

Twenty Minutes Still

Still the mind and body, open the heart. Meditation for twenty minutes in the quiet stillness of Bond Chapel, every weekday of the academic year. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Feb 19

General Orientation to Animal Use

An introduction to the use of research animals at the University of Chicago

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM